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  1. There seems to be a general sentiment in Chicago right now of relief that the Games never came here. But I have to wonder "what if"... Given the current mood in the U.S. with regards to politics, race relations, and economic challenges, do you think Chicago would be handling things well for a 2016 Olympics?
  2. 100 years from now... What kind of Sports Tech do you think will be employed in future Olympic Games? How much will it influence sport in the modern world? What do you imagine the Games to look like in 2100 and beyond?
  3. US Justice Department has indited up to six committee members on several charges, and is planning to extradite to the U.S. Has judgment day finally come? Read More: Article from New York Times
  4. It is supposed to represent an adolesceant's pimple.
  5. So true, Chicago's venues were super bland and boring. Nothing sexy, as most were temporary or existing. Looking back, I am happy that Chicago did not win. Honestly, their fiscal house is not in order right now, and the economy really needs to get stronger before even considering a bid again. Interesting though how a new basketball arena is likely going to be built right next to McCormick Place which would have hosted a slew of other Olympic sports as well. This building was never even part of the bid. Also, a brand new 1,200 room hotel is going up too right near the site. I guarantee that if Mayor Rahm Emanuel can bring crime down, the public pension issue resolved, and the economy stronger, he no doubt will champion an Olympic bid sometime down the road (just like Daley had a change of heart in his twilight years). His ego is too big not to want it. It certainly won't be for 2024. Maybe 2028 or 2032. Time will only tell...
  6. I think this article is not fair, but I am posting it because it shows a perspective from media in one of the losing 2016 bid cities...
  7. I am now a resident of Tulsa!!!

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    2. DannyelBrazil

      DannyelBrazil

      Now you're part of the community, don't disappoint them! *lol =P

    3. Rob.

      Rob.

      Oh no, he's become one of THEM! I'll take the stake, Danny you get the garlic cloves and Yoshi you're on Holy Water duty.

    4. DannyelBrazil

      DannyelBrazil

      hahahahaha, the devil is inside his body just because he moved to Tulsa?! hahahaha

  8. I actually want LA to bid for 2024. They will not win, and that could stave off a winter bid for 2026. Then maybe another U.S. city can swoop in for 2028 or 2032 and has a better chance at winning. LA doesn't seem to mind bidding (and losing), plus it gives an argument for another U.S. city when they bid - "we gave you our top three cities, and you have turned them all down... please, pretty please pick us!!!" In other news, Chicago is moving forward with plans to build a new arena that would have been nice should they have won 2016. See pictures here
  9. Ethiopia, Australia, Costa Rica, Peru, Thailand and India... the next 12 months are going to be fun!

    1. Gangwon

      Gangwon

      You taking a year off to travel?

    2. Soaring

      Soaring

      Nope, it is all for work my friend :)

    3. deawebo

      deawebo

      Costa Rica is amazing... ¡Pura Vida! Way better than Peru.

  10. Way to go Blackhawks!!! Stanley Cup Champs!!!!

    1. ofan

      ofan

      what a game!

    2. Soaring

      Soaring

      2 goals in 17 seconds to come back and win it! Yep, pretty spectacular!!

  11. I think Melbourne or Brisbane have better chance than Perth to be the next host from Oz. I think the earliest bid should be for 2040 or beyond. Just my own opinion though....
  12. You won't believe where I am moving in less than three months.... TULSA!!!

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    2. Soaring

      Soaring

      Yes, permanently...

    3. Lucas

      Lucas

      I am not really a geography-freak, where is Tulsa? I know is in the states but where?

    4. Soaring

      Soaring

      Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is just north of Texas.

  13. Leaving for Oz tomorrow!!

    1. Sir Rols

      Sir Rols

      Have a great and safe trip!

  14. What's happening in Brazil? it seems like things are going to be pretty quiet over there the next few years.... I won't be heading to Brazil in 2014, but I am making plans to go to a lot of other places..... Costa Rica Thailand Indonesia Bolivia and a couple of other places.... Also, I will be down in Tulsa this August!!!!!!!!
  15. Why are we even taking what the current mayor says too seriously? He has had a number of health problems, and has publicly announced that he is not seeking reelection. I think that right there says something. The guy likely doesn't care about landing the Games. I don't see Boston moving forward with a bid, regardless of the city becoming united with the recent tragedy. I also agree that Bostonians are going to be more concerned now about hosting such a large scale sporting event which increases the potential for another attack to occur.
  16. I am not trying to be pessimistic, but I am going to be a realist.... If Tokyo wins 2020, I don't think the U.S. should waste its time and money with a 2024 bid. There is just too much probabilty in my mind that a European city or South African city has the best chance in that race. Europe has NEVER gone more than two cycles without hosting, and the IOC will not give the Games to both of the Americas without returning to Europe. I know that the "Two cycle rule" will be broken someday, but the U.S. is not going to break that cycle, only a new horizon (e.g. South Africa) has the best chance of changing that dynamic. Now if Istanbul wins 2020, it becomes murkier for who has the best chance for 2024 in my opinion, and there could be more of an opening depending on who gets in the 2024 race, and what U.S. cities decide to bid. But at the end of the day, I don't think any city outside of NYC, LA, SF or Chicago should be seriously considered by the USOC. Dallas, Houston, Philly, Seattle, Miami, Boston, etc. are either not recognized enough internationally or are big enough to be considered. If none of the big four are interested in bidding, than the USOC should just sit out the race. Simple as that.
  17. This certainly casts a wide net for those affected, because it is such an international draw. I can bet that many foreign visitors were injured today.
  18. Thoughts and prayers are with the folks in Boston....

    1. Sir Rols

      Sir Rols

      I echo that. Thinking of you Bostonians.

  19. Yes, it is very horrific, and senseless. My prayers go out to the victims and their families.
  20. I agree. Michelle is smart, pretty and articulate, but honestly I can say that about most of the women attorneys that I work with. What sets her a part, is that she can publicly show empathy very well, and she has grace while doing it. Those are good qualities to have, but that doesn't make her a good manager or creative when it comes to putting together a bid.
  21. 4 weeks until my first trip to Australia!

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    2. deawebo

      deawebo

      Enjoy Australia... :D I dream to visit it, but it's too expensive!

    3. DannyelBrazil

      DannyelBrazil

      Australia is definitivelly in my wishlist. Enjoy and have a Foster for me! =P

    4. Sir Rols

      Sir Rols

      Uh ... don't have a Fosters. We don't drink it, just sell it to foreigners.

  22. Belize trip in March and Australia in May and November, this is turning out to be a fun travel year so far!

    1. Sir Rols

      Sir Rols

      Work or play?

    2. Soaring

      Soaring

      Work, but I wlll take it

    3. deawebo

      deawebo

      Very near Tikal, I recomed that siteif you have time and intrest in mayan stuff. If not, Belize has great beaches

  23. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, and may you all have a safe, happy and healthy 2013!!

  24. I can tell you that there has not been a peep about a future Olympic bid here in Chicago. I speculate if any city would be put forward for a 2024 bid, it is going to be LA.
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